The VF Foundation, the philanthropic arm of VF Corp. established in 2004 with global headquarters in Denver, has released its first report detailing the positive impact its financial grants and philanthropic partnerships have had on more than four million people in 53 countries over the past year. From April 2019 to March 2020, VF Foundation granted more than $6 million to organizations around the world based on its three strategic funding priorities: 1) increasing equitable access to outdoor activities and conservation, 2) educating and inspiring inclusive leaders in the apparel and footwear industries, and 3) strengthening freedom of self-expression. That same year, the foundation distributed more than $400,000 in Covid-19 relief and disaster assistance worldwide. Nearly 60 percent of those assisted were women, primarily garment workers in Asia who have been negatively impacted by the global pandemic. Disaster relief funds were also used to provide first responders in the U.S. with opportunities to relax and heal in the outdoors; to provide food, PPE and Covid-19 hygiene kits to communities of garment workers in Cambodia, India and Bangladesh; and to rebuild public facilities such as schools, infrastructure and integrated community shelters for survivors who lost their homes to flooding in Indonesia.
Since its inception, the VF Foundation has awarded more than $50 million to communities where VF operates, including $20 million in the last three years. In 2018, the Foundation adopted VF’s Purpose as the guiding principle for its philanthropic program and began to deepen its work as a catalyst for change.
The VF Foundation’s full 2020 Impact Report can be downloaded here (direct link to PDF). The grant cycle and grant requirements are available at vfc.com.